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TEDxWellington Changes Venue And Doubles Attendees

MEDIA RELEASE | 22ND NOVEMBER 2016

TEDxWellington Changes Venue And Doubles Attendees

Get out your diaries. TEDxWellington is announcing a change of venue and date for next year’s event: St James Theatre on Courtney Place on Sunday 18 June 2017.

TEDxWellington licensee and producer DK explained the reasons behind the change to this exciting new venue.

“The St James Theatre simply doubles the delegate capacity for TEDxWellington 2017,” he says. “We’re really excited about this opportunity for more people to come and hear ideas worth spreading from around Wellington.”

Co-organiser and Head of Delegate Experience Hannah Wignall adds “The theatre provides a wonderful setting in which to be creative and build relationships on the day. It’s a beautiful venue in the heart of the city and we’re really looking forward to working with our partners and sponsors to put on another truly inspiring event.”

The Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA) is excited to be welcoming TEDxWellington to the St James Theatre in 2017.

“TEDx celebrates so much that WREDA champions about Wellington in its celebration of locally driven ideas and its elevation of those ideas to a global stage,” said David Perks, General Manager, Venues & Project Development.

TEDxWellington is building on the success of its previous event last March, on the theme of “Trust”. Ticket holders were only told key details on the day, including the venue location, speaker line¬up and programme. This approach had never before been done before at a TEDx event anywhere in the world and was featured on the ted.com Innovations blog.

The 2016 venue was revealed to be Park Road Post Production, Sir Peter Jackson’s post¬ production facility in Miramar. Tickets sold out in a record two minutes. 12 livestream events were offered around the region, as far afield as Masterton and Whanganui. The livestream had 5,643 unique views, more than twice the total of the previous year’s views.

TEDxWellington is a non-profit event run by a dedicated group of volunteers. It’s supported by Wellington City Council and the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency. More sponsors and partners will be announced in due course.

Fans can follow TEDxWellington on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for emails on the website for news about tickets and other updates.

ENDS


Read the TEDxWellington 2016 Review which includes full bios of the speakers / performers:
http://tedxwellington.com/blog/2016/03/14/tedxwellington¬2016¬review¬the-story¬of¬trust/

TEDxWellington featured on the TEDx Innovations blog: http://tedxinnovations.ted.com/2016/03/17/tedxwellington¬has¬surprise¬venue-surprise¬speakers¬and¬10¬really¬cute¬kittens¬for¬2016¬event/


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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